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A FANCY FROM FONTENELLE, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The rose in the garden slipped her bud
Last Line: For the rose is beauty; the gardener, time.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Variant Title(s): The Rose And The Gardener
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses; Time

The Rose in the garden slipped her bud,
And she laughed in the pride of her youthful blood,
As she thought of the Gardener standing by --
"He is old -- so old! And he soon must die!"
The full Rose waxed in the warm June air,
And she spread and spread till her heart lay bare;
And she laughed once more as she heard his tread --
"He is older now! He will soon be dead!"
But the breeze of the morning blew, and found
That the leaves of the blown Rose strewed the ground;
And he came at noon, that Gardener old,
And he raked them gently under the mold.
And I wove the thing to a random rhyme:
For the Rose is Beauty; the Gardener, Time.

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